The Ferris State University women's soccer program has successfully addressed some key areas with the recent additions of Rachel McCollum (Grand Blanc) and Cassie VanderSloot (Portage/Northern) as the two will attend and play for the Bulldogs, starting with the 2010 season. The announcement was made by FSU head coach Neathan Gibson.
McCollum, a 5-6 goalkeeper, earned first-team All-Big Nine Conference and Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) all-district team honors in her 2009 junior year at Grand Blanc (Mich.) High School. The 2009 Big 9 Conference All-Academic Team performer compiled an 11-3 record in net with 12 shutouts and a .846 saves percentage as a junior in helping head coach Greg Kehler's team to a 14-3-5 mark.
As a sophomore in 2008, McCollum totaled 24 points on nine goals with six assists as a forward and also went 1-1 between the posts en route to receiving conference honorable mention laurels as the Bobcats produced a 16-5-2 record. She generated a 7-6-3 record during her 2007 freshman season while chalking up a 1.19 goals-against average as team finished at 12-7-4 for the campaign.
The three-year letterwinner helped GBHS to two consecutive (2008 and 2009) Big Nine Conference championships and a pair (2007 and 2008) of district tournament titles.
McCollum, who also lettered one season (2007) in volleyball, is a three-year (2008-10) National Honor Society member. She played in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons for the Vardar North club soccer team.
The daughter of Robert and Cynthia McCollum of Grand Blanc, Mich., will graduate this June 2010 and plans to study pharmacy at Ferris State.
"I'm excited to have Rachel join us as she will bring a piece of the game we have been missing for some time now," said Gibson, who will begin his fifth year this fall. "Her ability to "read" the game added with her wonderful technique will most definitely give the players the confidence to play their game knowing everything is taken care of anywhere inside the 18-yard box. I'm excited to see her play!"
A 5-4 midfielder, VanderSloot has attained All-Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference and all-district recognition in each of her last two (2008 and 2009) seasons at Portage (Mich.) Northern High School. She will enter her 2010 senior campaign serving as a team captain for head coach Andy Fuehr's squad. This past season, VanderSloot tallied four goals and six points for 14 points while helping lead the Huskies to a district tourney final appearance and a 16-6-1 overall record.
VanderSloot accumulated 13 points on four goals and five assists in 2008 as PNHS went 22-3-1 overall, which also included conference, district, and regional championships along with a semifinal appearance in the state tournament. She garnered eight points with two goals and four assists as a freshman in 2007 as the Huskies finished 17-5-3 overall with a district title and were regional finalists.
VanderSloot has lettered the last three (2007-09) years in soccer and also once (2007) in cross country. She has been a member of the TKO Premier Soccer club team since 2003 and played a key part in her squad claiming the 2008 MRL First Division Championship. Her team has also been a three-time State Cup semifinalist.
The daughter of Scott and Liz VanderSloot of Portage, Mich., VanderSloot will graduate this June 2010.
"Cassie will bring an added physical presence to our midfield giving us depth we need to compete at a high level week in and out," said Gibson. "I'm excited to see Cassie do well for us the next four years."